Major 9th guitar chord diagrams (Maj9) - Basic positions and drop 2 voicings

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Chord formulas chartMajor 9 chords are theoretically built with a root (1), a major third (3), a perfect fifth (5), a major seventh (7) and a ninth (9). A maj9 is simply a major seventh chord with a ninth added.

What's the difference between maj9 and add9

Because the difference between a maj9 and an add9 chord is often a source of confusion, this has to be clarified here. A maj9 chord needs a 7th in its composition, this is just a shorter way of saying maj7add9, that's what makes it different from add9. For example, a Cadd9 chord is made up of C (the root), E (the major third), G (the fifth) and D the ninth. there is no 7th in it. Unlike the Cmaj9 chord is made up of  C, E, G, B (the seventh) and D.

Major seventh chord 1 3 5 7 x
Major ninth chord 1 3 5 7 9
Add9 chord 1 3 5 x 9

 

Notation symbol

Major 9th chords can be noted M9 or maj9.

Arpeggios

Major 9th arpeggios are built exactly the same way as major 9th chords. Formula is :1-3-5-7-9.

Major 9 guitar chords - Basic positions

For those who don't want to experiment drop 2 chords, here are two basic chord shapes to play maj9 chords on the guitar. The first diagram has its root on the sixth string and the second has its root on the fifth string. Because guitarists don't have enough fingers to play the five notes of these kind of chords, the fifth is omitted. It's better to omit the fifth or even the root than the seventh, the third or the ninth that are most important and gives the color of the chord.

Major 9 chord - Root on the 6th string

Major 9th guitar chord basic position 1

Major 9 chord - Root on the 5th string

Major 9th guitar chord basic position 2

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chords - Diagrams and voicing charts

Here are 12 guitar diagrams to play drop 2 major ninth chords. These diagrams are based on the drop 2 major seventh chords. To build a drop 2 maj9 chord you just have to move the root 2 semitones (two frets) up to get the ninth. 

Rootless voicings and diagrams

As you can see, root notes are dotted in red in the following diagrams, they are nor played, but it is important to locate them to find more easily the chord position on the guitar neck and as well as its name.

Major 9th Root position 9 5 7 3
1st inversion 3 7 9 5
2nd inversion 5 9 3 7
3rd inversion 7 3 5 9

 

Drop 2 Major 7th chord

drop 2 Major seventh guitar chord root 6 1

Drop 2 ninth chord

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 1

 

Rootless drop 2 major 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 major 9 chord - Root position - Ninth in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 1

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 1st inversion - Third in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 2

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 2nd inversion - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 3

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 3rd inversion - Seventh in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 4

Rootless drop 2 major 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 major 9 chord - Root position - Ninth in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 5

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 1st inversion - Third in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 6

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 2nd inversion - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 7

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 3rd inversion - Seventh in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 8

Rootless drop 2 major 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 major 9 chord - Root position - Ninth in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 9

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 1st inversion - Third in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 10

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 2nd inversion - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 11

Drop 2 major 9 chord - 3rd inversion - Seventh in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 major 9th guitar chord 12

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